National Newswatch

Quebec’s NAFTA negotiator not worried about Canada being left out of U.S., Mexico talks

Aug 15 2018 — Peter Zimonjic and Vassy Kapelos — Quebec’s leading trade negotiator on the NAFTA file says he’s not remotely worried by the fact that the U.S. and Mexico are talking trade without Canada. Raymond Bachand, a former Quebec provincial finance minister and the province’s NAFTA negotiator, made the comments in an interview with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics on Tuesday. “I’m […]

White House is not ruling out slapping auto tariffs on Canada

Aug 5 2018 — — A handshake agreement between the U.S. and the European Union reached in late July may have staved off the imposition of auto tariffs for German, French and Italian carmakers. Still, the White House is reserving the right to impose the tariffs on vehicles made in Canada, a senior administration official told CNBC on Friday. Ford, […]

Nafta Snub Tests Trudeau’s Armor Against Trump’s Aggression

Aug 1 2018 — — Justin Trudeau’s popularity among voters faces a fresh test after the U.S. left his top diplomat out of recent Nafta talks with Mexico. While the Canadian prime minister does well in opinion polls when taking on President Donald Trump, he also knows he needs to dispel the perception he’s more about flash than substance.

Canada to host WTO reform ministerial in October

Aug 1 2018 — Alex Binkley — Trade spats and U.S. tariff challenges set the stage for the session.   OTTAWA—Canada will host a meeting in October of trade ministers from countries supporting reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its rules for ensuring fair international trade. Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, has invited ministers from around the world […]

US-Mexico NAFTA talks minus Canada: feds insist they’re encouraged

Jul 31 2018 — — Canada’s continental partners are simply trying to work through difficult bilateral sticking points on NAFTA, federal insiders insist, even as the Canadian government appears to have been left out of ongoing talks between the United States and Mexico. A senior government official said Tuesday that the U.S. and Mexico’s return to the table to sort […]

Canada rejected in bid to be part of high-level NAFTA talks between Mexico and U.S.: sources

Jul 31 2018 — Tom Blackwell — American officials have taken the “highly unusual” step of rejecting Canada’s bid to take part in senior-level NAFTA talks between the U.S. and Mexico later this week, sources familiar with the trade negotiations said Monday. One person said attempts by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to get a seat at the table in Washington Thursday […]

Mexico vows it won’t cut a separate trade deal with Trump

Jul 26 2018 — — Mexican officials went out of their way yesterday to tell their Canadian counterparts not to read anything into the fact that their trade negotiators and the Americans are meeting bilaterally in Washington on Friday — that the new government in Mexico City isn’t planning to cut a separate deal with the U.S. outside of NAFTA. […]

Trump Says U.S. May Have Separate Trade Deal With Mexico

Jul 18 2018 — — President Donald Trump said he may prioritize a bilateral trade deal with Mexico over Canada and that he’s building a good rapport with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The U.S. and Mexico are “getting closer” to reaching a trade deal, and the administration may advance separate talks with Canada later, Trump told reporters at […]

U.S. launches national security investigation against uranium imports

Jul 18 2018 — — The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched another national security investigation that could target Canada, this time by looking into uranium imports. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the Section 232 investigation ahead of the potential imposition of tariffs on imports of the ore. Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of uranium after Kazakhstan, with 23 […]

Japan, EU to sign trade deal eliminating nearly all tariffs

Jul 17 2018 — — The European Union and Japan are signing a widespread trade deal Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs, seemingly defying the worries about trade tensions set off by President Donald Trump’s policies. The signing in Tokyo for the deal, largely reached late last year, is ceremonial. It was delayed from earlier this month because Japanese […]